OCTOBER 2018 PLANT OF THE MONTH
The Rainbow Drooping Fetterbush or Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ may be a challenge to easily rattle off the tongue. But the beautiful specimen is easy to grow. It was our club’s October’s Plant of the Month. It was selected by Greg Gayton, our friend at Green Acres Nursery and Supply, and presented by our POTM person, Rhonda DesVoignes.
The plant is featured on Monrovia’s website which describes it as having “gracefully arching stems with colorful creamy white and green mottled foliage with scarlet accents.”
It is a beauty. And an evergreen.
Rhonda said it is deer resistant but can’t take much cold. It grows well in a window. It slowly reaches about 3 to 5 feet tall and wide and can be keep clipped back to 1½ feet in height. It blooms in the spring with “showy flowers,” described on Monrovia’s website.
It’s a good companion to Rhododendron, Holly (Ilex), Astilbe, Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia), and Painted Fern (Athyrium).
From Rhonda: Monrovia website: